South Africa has confirmed its third case of the coronavirus, according to the country’s Health Minster.
The third patient is the wife of the KwaZulu-Natal man who was the first patient to test positive last week.
Health minister, Zweli Mkhize made the announcement in a statement on Sunday.
He said “Fellow South Africans, an announcement was made yesterday confirming the second case of COVID-19 in South Africa.
In that statement, we indicated that the second patient is a direct contact of the first. We further indicated that they were a group of 10 people who had travelled to Italy.”
The statement continued that “We confirm that we traced all 10 of these individuals. Nine of them had returned to South Africa. The tenth did not and is therefore not in our country. This morning we have received results of the direct contact of the first patient, his wife.
She had also travelled with him to Italy as part of the group of ten. I now wish to advise the public that she has tested positive for COVID-19 and is therefore the third confirmed case in South Africa.”
The statement added that “We expect the results of the other 6 group members who had travelled to Italy within the next 48 hours.
It is important to advise the public that the couple’s children were tested and their results have come out negative.”
Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have now exceeded 40 after more countries recorded new cases the past days. There are no deaths yet recorded from the confirmed cases.